Electrical Engineer – Flight Instrumentation

Company Details

TECHNOLOGY IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL SECURITY MIT Lincoln Laboratory researches and develops a broad array of advanced technologies to meet critical national security needs. What sets us apart from many national R&D laboratories is our focus on building operational prototypes of the unique systems we design.

The Advanced Capabilities and Technologies group researches and develops high risk / high reward technology for advanced ground and satellite systems that are used for space domain awareness, space control, earth observation and scientific missions. Our work focuses on the development of novel concepts, instruments and algorithms. Projects range from laboratory-scale technology/concept development to delivery of large ground- and space-based prototypes that are transitioned into operational use. The group draws from expertise in a wide range of disciplines, including engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and astronomy.

Job Description

Group 91 – Advanced Capabilities and Technologies – is seeking an electrical engineer to conduct electronic design, fabrication and testing of novel electronic, electro-optic, electro-magnetic and laser instrumentation for aerospace applications.  Working with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, physicists and software developers, this individual will develop electronic control and power subassemblies capable of meeting instrument-derived and high-level mission functional requirements. They will consider and tradeoff as needed among COTS, commercial, adapting existing proprietary designs, and fully custom electronic approaches.

This individual will develop appropriate circuit schematics and interconnects for the designs and work with board layout, parts planners and fabrication specialists and technicians to fabricate working prototypes boards and modules of these schematic designs. They will then test prototypes boards and modules against requirements, troubleshoot and iterate as needed, in order to develop working articles for integration into full electro-optic laser systems.  They will also have the opportunity to develop test strategies, support equipment and participate in full system tests under controlled environmental conditions to meet mission requirements.


  • Experience building electronics hardware prototypes and a broad experimental skillset in electrical engineering
  • Digital, analog, and/or microwave electronic design
  • Signal conditioning, detector and amplifier circuits
  • MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied or Experimental Physics
  • 2 years of experience for MS

Preferred Skills

  • Electronic circuit simulation and design skills using tools such as Spice, CircuitLogix, NI Multisim, Mentor Graphics Xpedition.
  • Digital electronics hardware/software integration and embedded systems development tools such as Xilinx ISE or Vivado, TI Codecomposer, JTAG tools.
  • Experience with configuration control and project collaboration tools such as GitHub, jama.

Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.  Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

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